Two weeks ago the New Orleans native, who moonlights with the rowdy rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, posted an open letter on his Tumblr website sharing the details of his unrequited love for another man when he was younger – a seemingly counterintuitive move in the firmly closeted world of urban music.

But instead of backlash, the revelation – not quite a declaration of sexual orientation – only propelled Ocean’s rise to fame.

The digital version of his first studio album, “Channel Orange,” released seven days ahead of schedule, quickly topped the iTunes sales chart, selling more than 100,000 copies. READ MORE


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